Old 12-25-2007, 07:12 PM   #1
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Just curious to see who was naughty or nice. For me, nothing directly photography related, but I did get a 750Gb external hard drive to serve as a backup to my other external hard drive as well as an external DVD burner to make hard copies of my photos. No more worrying about losing my photos! Wooooo!!!
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Old 12-25-2007, 09:23 PM   #2
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Opening presents tonight when I have all of my family over. Really looking forward to it.

Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-25-2007, 09:40 PM   #3
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Nothing too train photography related for me except cash which will undoubtedly buy me a new toy. I got a power inverter from my dad which will keep my batteries charged nicely (esp. in winter) and to power a floodlight or two for some night stuff. I guess everything I got could be tied in with fannin' like the car air freshner, "Walk the Line" soundtrack, and Dunkin Donuts gift card. Oh, I forgot about the 2008 Locomotive Roster book by James W. Kerr! Unfortunately, this may be the last edition he is putting out.

For the kid in me, I did also get "The Polar Express" DVD from Mr. C.
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Old 12-25-2007, 10:23 PM   #4
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I got an N Scale Atlas Conrail B40-8, three freight cars (also in N), a huge pack of batteries (very helpful since my camera eats up batteries quickly during the winter), three DVD's, some magazine back issues, Track Builder 3, and plenty of other non-RR related stuff.
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Old 12-25-2007, 10:32 PM   #5
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Mine came early, the aforementioned 400D that my wife bought me. We also got our kids a camera each. Nothing special for their first cameras. I wanted to get a Nikon Coolpix for to share, but my wife said we'd go cheaper and get them one of their own.


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Old 12-26-2007, 12:17 AM   #6
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Slide scanner, a few more dollars to put into my savings account while I whine and moan about how Reagon got a 5D and I've only got 1/4 of a 40D in my bank account...
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Digital picture frame. Or at least the promise to pay for one.

Oddly, I asked for that in part because I didn't care too much about the specs, so I thought my wife could pick one out without my guidance and I would have a nice surprise. But she says the market is flooded with them, so I got a family "coupon".

Also a book called "The Works: Anatomy of a City" by Kate Ascher. It gives a bit of description of every type of infrasturcture a city has. The sections include Moving People, Moving Freight, Power, Communications, Keeping it Clean, and the Future.
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Nothing related with photography, me and my family saved money for the trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil, but my wife bougth the 'The Polar Express' for me and for my tennager kid, a Nikon Coolpix, he's starting his train shots with me!
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Digital picture frame. Or at least the promise to pay for one.
Which reminds me, recommendations, please; I have no idea where to start.
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Go for the expensive ones.
I'm serious, too...they're really good quality! I can't remember the specs anyomre, it's been so long since I worked at a photo store, but I can safely say the expensive ones are great, the midrange ones are nice, and you could get by on the low range ones if you didn't want great quality.
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Old 12-26-2007, 03:13 AM   #11
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I got two great books, SP's Western Division and SP's Salt Lake Division, both have some really excellent photos inside. Also a good convection oven, for my love of frozen pizza and then clothes, clothes, and some nice clothes! Hope everyone here had an enjoyable Christmas.
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Daddy gotta 4GB SDHC card for his camera!

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I got two great books, SP's Western Division and SP's Salt Lake Division, both have some really excellent photos inside. Also a good convection oven, for my love of frozen pizza and then clothes, clothes, and some nice clothes! Hope everyone here had an enjoyable Christmas.
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I forgot to mention the clothes, some nice ones, i hope to my birthday anniversary, next jannuary 1st, my wife bought me a good train's book from Brazil if she find out some on a bookstore.

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Old 12-27-2007, 03:37 PM   #14
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This Christmas I got a few beach towels, pair of thongs, Jerry Springer UNCUT, and money.
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How'd I know Jim was gonna be the one to take that one.
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Gee, nothing related to railroads for me this year.

"Santa" (aka "my VISA card") came a little early in the form of my new Nikon D300 back around Thanksgiving, though I've only been out with it twice. Once for trains, another time for night landscapes.

Also got a PS3, along with Assassin's Creed (kickass game), Guitar Hero III, Call of Duty IV, and NHL 2008. A couple new suits from Men's Wearhouse, some DVD's, assorted WalMart Colognes, at least I assume they're, and that's about it.

All in all, not a bad Christmas if you're into the material things. Best gift though was having the family in town to celebrate Christmas in my new house.
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My big gift was radar software called GR2Analyst. It pulls down live radar information from one of the public access servers for data. From here, you can view all of the scan levels, reflectivity, velocity, and various others. It also lets you view 3D images of these radar scans. These let you see embedded hail cores, updrafts and downdrafts. What can I say, I'm a weather geek and majoring meteorology.

Besides a few other weather presents, my other main gift was Call of Duty 4. One of the most intense games I have played in awhile. The graphics and depth of it are amazing.

Nothing beats family and relaxing though.
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My "big gift" was my D40 that I got early in Sept. I got the typical necessities like clothes, etc. My wife and I have always bought what we want/need as we want/need it, so Christmas "gifts" are usually light to each other. We would rather donate toys to needy children, and send things like phone cards to our Troops over seas so they can use the extra minutes to talk with their families over the Christmas Season. I feel as Brandon said,
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I got an Atlas C40-8W and a Visa Gift Card to buy a Kato Business Car!


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Among other things I received a nice hardcover book titled "Locomotive Evolution" by Steve Barry. Loaded with photographs!
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